[March 3rd, 2008 ]
Yvonne Boyd is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Atlanta Georgia. Born in Lancaster, PA and growing up in Chester County, PA Yvonne also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance. "Less is more" is how she would describe her philosophy of photography, music, and even life, which is evident in all of her work. "I always strive to create a certain mood that will translate to the viewer while leaving room for interpretation. We all see and feel things differently, but I want to give the viewer a glimpse of what I imagine, then they can move on to add their own ideas and opinions."
What made you decide to become a photographer?
For eight years I owned a business that provided custom printing for high end fashion and advertising photographers. I enjoyed the work, the exposure, and the experience, but always desired to be on the other side of the lens. I felt I had a great eye for color and detail, and wanted to spend time capturing my own vision. That was 2 years ago, and I have never looked back or regretted my decision to make this shift.
Where do you get your inspiration?
While personal inspiration typically comes from a variety of sources- a book, a location, a peer�s work, brilliant art, or an outstanding music arrangement, my overall philosophy is �less is more.� I love to experience new things and places, and I tend to be inspired by the things that many people would simply disregard as ordinary every day life. Part of the challenge is translating that vision to the viewer.
When shooting portraits how do you get people to feel comfortable with you?
I think being relaxed, being myself, and finding some semblance of common ground always is key. If you bring ego, stress, or disinterest to a shoot the subjects tend to react the same. At times I photograph people who are not used to being in front of the camera and when the shoot is over people often comment on how easy it was.
How would you describe your style?
My photos tend to be very detailed graphically with a nice balance of contrast, light, and color. When shooting portraits I try to capture that moment right before the subject expects the photo to be taken providing a less anticipated reaction.
What are you currently shooting with?
Mainly my 1Ds Mark II and one of the larger digital cameras if the job calls for it, but my favorite new purchase has been the Canon G9 which is a great little camera. I love it and have started taking it with me everywhere.
Who or what would you die to photograph?
Well at first thought, of course, celebrities come to mind, and although there are a few I would like to photograph I also would love to take pictures of the farmhouse my Mom grew up in, locals in Ireland, and this list could go on and on. Now to the celebrities:
If I would have had the opportunity I would have said Rosemary Clooney or Lee Krasner hands down (I secretly would have even settled for playing drums in Rosemary�s band)- but currently I�d love to shoot Johnny Depp or Kate Winslette.
Your photo assistants would describe you as what?
I think they'd say I was fun and easy going- even under pressure- but that I have a strong understanding of composition and color and I know what I need for the final image.
What keeps you awake at night?
Aside from thinking about how I'd shoot Johnny Depp or which song I�d play with Rosemary Clooney if I would have had the chance, I think about ways to expand my business and reach new audiences.
Always: Be yourself.
Never: Be ungrateful.
- Contributed by Stephanie D. Davis
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